Student Attendance; Truancy
Regular student attendance in school is essential to the educational process. Connecticut law requires that children ages five through eighteen attend school regularly during the hours and terms that the public school is in session, unless specifically exempted from attendance by law.
Responsibility for assuring that students attend school rests by statute with the parent or other person having control of the child. To assist parents and others in meeting this responsibility, the West Hartford Board of Education, through its Superintendent, will adopt and maintain procedures to:
1. Annually notify parents or other persons having control of school-age children ages five through eighteen enrolled in the West Hartford Public Schools of their obligation to assure that such children attend school or show that they are elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction;
2. Provide for obtaining from each parent or other person having control of an enrolled child ages five through eighteen a telephone number or other means of contacting such parent or other person during the school day;
3. Establish a system for monitoring individual unexcused absences of enrolled students ages five through eighteen by school personnel or volunteers and for making a reasonable effort to notify parents or other person by telephone when any such student fails to report to school on a regularly-scheduled school day, if school personnel have not otherwise received indication that the parent or other person is aware of the absence;
4. Identify an enrolled student ages five through eighteen as a truant when he or she has four unexcused absences in any one month or ten unexcused absences from school in any school year;
5. Hold a meeting with the parent or other person having control of a child who is a truant and appropriate school personnel within ten school days of designation as a truant to review and evaluate the reasons for the child being a truant;
6. Require that the Superintendent file a written complaint with the Superior Court alleging that the acts or omissions of any child designated as truant are such that his or her family is a family with service needs;
7. Require that the Superintendent annually report to the State Department of Education, as may be required, the number of children enrolled in the West Hartford Public Schools who are truants. A copy of the report will be provided to the Board by September 15th; and
8. Provide for coordinating services with and referral of enrolled students ages five through eighteen, inclusive, who are truants to community agencies providing child and family services.
The Superintendent of Schools shall establish such procedures as deemed necessary to determine the causes of truancy, including medical verification for excessive absence, and shall cooperate with other private and governmental agencies in correcting the causes thereof.
(cf. 5210 Admission-Minimum Age
(cf. 6270 - Equivalent Education under Parental Direction)
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-184 Duties of parents (re regular attendance of student in school)
10-198a Policies and procedures concerning truants
10-199 through 10-202 Attendance, truancy in general
10-221(b) Board of education to prescribe rules Campbell v. New Milford, 193 Conn. 93 (1984)
Adopted: 5310 February 8, 1988
5311 June 24, 1991
Revised: April 25, 2007
Please note that former Policy #5311 is now contained under Policy #5310.